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Tornado Quest Science Week In Review for February 4 – 11, 2017

Happy weekend everyone! February is moving along just fine with a major heat wave in Australia, significant snowstorms in the northeastern USA states and parts of eastern Europe, and an exceptionally warm winter day in the American southern plains. As of late, I’ve had several inquiries regarding storm spotter training. Across the USA, National Weather Service offices are having their Skywarn spotter training classes. Please check with your local National Weather Service office to see when training is scheduled in your area. This training is imperative to have if you’re to be an effective spotter. Also keep in mind that this is a commitment to your local community. Safety, for the public and yourself, is a non-negotiable priority and the purpose of storm spotting. Sensationalism, hyperbole, and fifteen minutes of fame on social media isn’t.

In other topics, public policy is now a permanent part of the sciences. It actually always has been but, in the interest of neutrality, many scientists have avoided it in spite of their frustrations. For reasons that are painfully obvious, scientists and citizen scientists are now in the politics business. Lock and load…we’re in for several years of a wild ride.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…


The USA can’t afford to take part in any international or national cuts in science funding. Any attempts at such action would set us back many years.

Oklahoman’s are more than a little familiar with the new head of the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency and what he is capable of. The agency’s regulatory authority is in peril.

After what seems like a millennium of playing the apolitical “neutral” game, scientists are finally taking a stance politically…and none too soon.

A very thought provoking look at women in scientific research. The most startling statistic: only twenty-eight percent of researchers are women.

This young lady has the kind of fearless chutzpah that you can’t help but admire. “Congressman is righteously booed after dodging a young girl’s simple question about science.”


Twitter is finally putting some teeth and anti-harassment  into their policy toward trolls.


This could also be posted under Atmospheric Science, but due to the potential use by citizen scientists, I’ve posted it here…and it’s very cool too. You can now post mPING reports from your RadarScope app! If you’re a citizen scientist, weather geek, nature enthusiast, or have any kind of interest in the weather and climate, RadarScope is the best mobile device weather radar app available.


A fascinating look at seven maps that will certainly alter the way you look at the countries around the world.


Considering the impending changes in the current administration, I doubt seriously this will come to fruition. We can only hope that somehow the EPA is still allowed to tell Oklahoma regulators to do more to protect the state from a surge in earthquake activity linked to the underground disposal of oil & gas wastewater.


Here’s some good news from Europe. Approximately ninety percent of new power is from renewable energy sources. The caveat is what will happen after the year 2020.

Fortunately, there’s more good renewables  news this week. “Wind power is making a comeback. One of the earliest energy sources to be harnessed by mankind has now overtaken coal-fired generation in Europe and hydroelectric dams in the U.S.”

Air pollution can kill. You only have to look at the recent horrid conditions across much of China to see the life-threatening effects.


As I mentioned earlier, it’s time for Skywarn spotter training. With the peak of severe weather season rapidly approaching, it’s time for training.

A much warmer than usual winter for the Arctic is still going full steam. That’s not a little disconcerting.

Here’s a very detailed view of drought conditions across the contiguous USA. For the first time since March, 2011, there are no areas in the USA that are experiencing “exceptional” drought conditions.

In other parts of the world, floods and erosion are problematic. Many of Britain’s significant sites are in critical danger of permanent alteration.

An enlightening read on how the new climate change denial is just like the old-school denial…just a touch of different rhetoric.

One of the more unfortunate stories this week concerns false information that claims the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) falsified climate data. Here’s Carbon Brief’s excellent article on this matter as well as a good read from the New York Times.

I couldn’t have said this better myself. “Climate change has long been the target of so-called fake news and its researchers can offer lessons for the wider society in how to handle deliberate misinformation.” Considering the overabundance of information that many people find difficult to sift through, a concerted effort to help the public discern scientific news conveyed by truth-seeking scientists from sub par propaganda from the interloping riff-raff is badly needed.

The United States isn’t the only country where climate change and policy is being ravaged in terms of short-term profits. Australia has an equally hostile climate as well. Myopic, vested interests have climate science squarely in their cross-hairs.

Last but certainly not least, here’s another reminder of the March for Science which will be taking place in Washington, D. C. and many, many other cities around the globe on Earth Day, 22 April 2017. For more information, please visit the March For Science website for details and how you can participate. One particularly interesting take on the even comes from Forbes magazine. “The March For Science In Washington Is Political Whether You Like It Or Not.”


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Tornado Quest Science Links And More For November 17 – 29, 2016

Greetings everyone! Thanks for stopping by. For those in the USA who celebrated the holiday, I hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving. I took advantage of the rare opportunity for some R&R time for myself, so this week’s post will be a bit shorter than usual, but still full of thought-provoking ideas. There’s plenty to catch up on, especially on the front lines of climate change. On that note, let’s get started.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…


If you celebrated the USA’s Thanksgiving holiday, be thankful for many things, including science. There’s a myriad of topics to discuss and inspire a sense of wonder.


A reminder that even though winter may be settling in across North America, your mPING and CoCoRaHS reports are still important. They’re not just for severe thunderstorms. Every single report counts!


The Mercator maps that so many of us are familiar with give a very distorted view of the world. How distorted? This article with an interactive map with show you.


Interesting news on Mars. “Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as what’s in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes.”


Oklahomans are suing frackers over earthquakes. I sincerely wish them luck in their pursuit of justice. Their defendants are capriciously deviant and very wealthy.


People in urban areas are at risk of air pollution induced health problems with around 85% exposed to levels deemed harmful by the World Health Organization. These particles are too small to see or smell, but have a devastating impact.


What scientists are seeing happening to the Arctic ice is both surprising and not a little alarming. Another spot-on and apt description is that the current scenario is, “seriously weird.”

The first decade of the 21st century set the pace. From Climate Central: USA Record Highs Will Far Outpace Lows With Warming.

Perilous times ahead in the USA regarding climate science & renewable energy. “The world is waiting to hear what President-elect Donald Trump has in mind for governing the U.S. Among the biggest questions is what will happen to the budget for climate and energy-related activities.”

An ominous note to what lays ahead in the world wide theater. In early 2017, the USA is poised to begin a potentially disastrous retreat from climate science leadership. China is more than happy to step up, don the crown and seat themselves in the throne. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

The new GOES-R weather satellite is the most advanced one launched to date. It will not only provide amazing data, but could save your life someday.

As expected, Trump intends to dump the Paris climate accord, but at least 71 percent of the American public support it.


It’s been a very quiet year in the USA for tornadoes. As of November 21, 2016, 830 preliminary tornado reports so far which is well below the statistical average.

cx5qmmouaaaryfw-jpg-largeThat’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun.



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Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links: Aug. 5 – 11, 2013

As usual, there’s plenty of interesting science stories out there. From a weather viewpoint, we’re entering the peak of the Atlantic tropical cyclone season. Though the activity has been “tame” so far, there’s a lot that can still happen over the next few weeks. And on that note, let’s get started…there’s a little bit of everything this week.


A great read by the inimitable Stephen Pinker: Science Is Not Your Enemy.

How open-access scholarship improves the internet…I’d really like to see more of this.

The Mercator projection on world maps is everywhere, but it’s not the most accurate.


An enjoyable read on how science museums must aim beyond education and embrace citizen science.

Millions are birdwatchers (including myself…& my constant vigilance for Cardinals). Like to get started? Here’s how.


Fellow introverts, rest easy. Here’s a list of 27 challenges that we can relate to all too well.

A good read on “7 Negative People You Need To Ignore“…and essay like this makes me think twice about following anybody on Twitter, etc. who has a dour & sarcastic online personality.


Is digital media wiping out traditional print media? Here’s an interesting take on that discussion.

Thought provoking look at 100 examples of corporate social media policies.  Some good tips here that should be applied to even “secret” personal accounts.

Nothing done on the internet is “private”…but here’s some helpful tips on encrypting email.

Speaking of privacy, Steve Gibson’s written a good essay on “The Lesson of Lavabit.”


The sun’s magnetic field is about to flip…again. Don’t worry. It’s nothing we haven’t lived through before.


Here’s a weather data and imagery site from Univ. of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center that’s bookmark worthy.

Astronaut and oceanographer Kathryn Sullivan has been chosen to lead NOAA.

Here’s an interesting story about Lewis Fry Richardson, the “father” of weather forecasting…and much unappreciated in the history of science.

Though much of the changes in polar ice are slow, sudden events can and do occur.

The loss of Arctic sea ice has wide ranging effects that can take place all over the globe.

For some climate scientists, speaking out about climate change is a moral obligation.

As I mentioned earlier, the Atlantic tropical cyclone season has been relatively quiet…but NOAA is still expecting an active season.

As hurricane Henriette moved across the Pacific in early August, 2013, NASA’s TRMM scanned thunderstorms within the circulation up to ten miles in height.

Active tropical cyclone season or not, here are a few changes that can’t do anything but help us.

NASA’s Firestation is on it’s way to the International Space Station to study lightning!

Here’s an interesting map of the number of Twitter followers (as of summer, 2013) for each National Weather Service office in the U.S. (Courtesty NWSFO Norman, OK)

A meteorologists took this very cool video of a dry microburst as it blasts the NWS office in Elko, Nevada.

And that’s a wrap for this show…time to turn the page, mark 30, and I’ll see you good folks sooner than later!


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